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Tahiti, located in the South Pacific Ocean, is the main island of French Polynesia. The wild landscape is the result of the eruption of a now-extinct volcano, Mount Orohena, located in the center of the island. It is famous for its black-sand beaches with year-round surfing such as those at Teahupoo, flanked on one side by high, intensely verdant mountains and on the other by a lagoon bounded by the coral reef.

Heiva, an annual event that showcases traditional Tahitian culture through music, dance and traditional dress, is held in July. King Pōmare II and Queen Pōmare IV banned the festival in 1819 and 1842 respectively due to their disapproval of “sensual dances and lascivious songs, games or entertainment”. The storming of the Bastille in 1879 signaled a return to these traditional events and Heiva was reinstated towards the end of the 19th century.

The following section provides all the important information about Tahiti: pictures, what to see, what to do and a host of other things.

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We provide you with a guidebook containing the most important information to enjoy Tahiti

Tahiti in images

Take a look at these pictures of Tahiti, its flower-strewn landscapes, its culture and its people

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Hotels in Tahiti

The following are some of the hotels we know personally and can recommend. Ask us if you need recommendations

Best hotels in Tahiti

What to do in Tahiti

There is an endless list of things to do in Tahiti, from visiting the island’s luxuriant central area with its waterfalls, taking part in sports and numerous other activities. The following are some personal recommendations

Best activities in Tahiti

Data of interest

Here are some tips that will come in handy for your trip and to win at Trivial Pursuits

  • Capital: Papeete
  • Population: 134.000
  • Highest peak: Mount Orohena, 7,352 ft
  • Trip around the island by road: 82 mi
  • Minimum stay to explore Tahiti: 2 days
  • Official languages: French and Tahitian
  • Also spoken to a lesser extent: English and Spanish
  • You can eat well for $14
  • You can get good accommodation from $75

Map of Tahiti

You will land at Fa'aa International Airport on arrival by air. It is a small airport located to the northwest of Tahiti Nui, the larger part of the island. Remember that Tahiti is divided into two parts: the larger is called Tahiti Nui and the smaller Tahiti Iti. They are joined by a narrow isthmus. To continue with your arrival in paradise, the first things you will notice the moment you set foot on Tahitian soil will be the big smiles of welcome, the intoxicating aroma of the Tahitian gardenia or tiaré flower and the traditional music and dance of the welcoming party in the entrance to the airport itself. This map shows the island’s most interesting features for your trip.

Mapa de Tahití Ver en Google Maps

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